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Norwegian AF 'Nordic Tiger' F-16AM (Academy 1/48)

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Norwegian AF 'Nordic Tiger' F-16AM (Academy 1/48)
Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 3:07 PM

I fell hard for the gorgeous Zotz 'Nordic Tiger' decals the first time I saw them. I used what I had on hand -- Academy's old 1/48 Fighting Falcon release -- and grafted on the more-accurate F-16AM fin (with parachute housing) from the equally-elderly Esci/Ertl 'Dogfighter' kit. I used an Eduard color 'Zoom' p-e set in the cockpit, and scratchbuilt the actual braking chute and the characteristic ECM pylon on the stbd. intake.

The Norwegian Air Force's F-16AM sn 80-3671 (a.k.a. '#671') was equivalent to the USAF's F-16A/Block 15 as built, and was updated ca. 2000 to Block 20MLU standard. The 338 'Tigers' Skvadron dramatic Nordic Tiger scheme was a special one created for a 2004 Air Show at Payerne AB in Switzerland; it seems to have been retained through at least 2010.


Greg

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Posted by lewbud on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 6:00 PM

Well done!

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 6:11 PM
I like it. I'm a big fan of these commemorative schemes

 

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Posted by gregbale on Friday, January 3, 2020 9:26 AM

Thanks, guys!

tempestjohnny
I like it. I'm a big fan of these commemorative schemes

Me too! Even the 'plain wrapper' versions (like this one) tend to be real eye-catchers.

I've got the decals for the striking Greek AF 'Jason' commemorative scheme, waiting for a similar F-16 'export tail' treatment.

Greg

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Sunday, January 5, 2020 4:00 PM

Very nicely done!

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, January 5, 2020 6:22 PM

Nice work.  Makes for quite a striking model.   I've yet to do a tiger, but it's on the list.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Friday, January 10, 2020 12:46 PM

Nice build, love the tiger meet finish! 

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Friday, January 10, 2020 1:32 PM

gregbale

Thanks, guys!

 

 
tempestjohnny
I like it. I'm a big fan of these commemorative schemes

 

 

Me too! Even the 'plain wrapper' versions (like this one) tend to be real eye-catchers.

I've got the decals for the striking Greek AF 'Jason' commemorative scheme, waiting for a similar F-16 'export tail' treatment.

 

I picked up a few Revell Germany F-16AM kits in 1/72 which have the correct tail. I know Hasegawa did a "special" one in 1/48. But I'm not paying a ransom for just the tail

 

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, January 10, 2020 1:50 PM

Know what you mean by falling for a color scheme - the Tiger Meet artwork is so striking - I've got a couple Italeri F16A's in the stash just for the decals. Nice looking build; thanks for posting the pics!

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Posted by gregbale on Friday, January 10, 2020 5:07 PM

Looks like we've all got the same appreciation for cool art.

My decal stash is loaded with two main categories (in modern aircraft): fancy tail art for (mainly foreign-operated) F-16s; and a whole bootload of the yearly 'demo' schemes for Canadian Hornets. I could spend a year or so building nothing else...if I had that kind of attention span. As it is, I end up doing a few a year, mixed in with everything else. Big Smile

Greg

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Saturday, January 11, 2020 4:31 AM
I build most but not all of my jets in 72nd scale. I have so many of these commemorative schemes for all kinds of aircraft. F-16, F-4, F/A-18, Tornado, Jaguar, Typhoon II. So I totally agree about doing nothing but these colorful schemes.

 

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Posted by B777Commander on Saturday, January 11, 2020 12:59 PM
A rare Viper! Like everyone else, I love the tail art. Thanks for sharing!

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